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buckmanrules 10-27-2011 05:59 PM

Angelfish fry die soon after hatching
I have been hatching and raising fry from a pair of angelfish for about six months No problems! About a month ago the fry all died a day or two after hatching. This condition has continued with no fry survival. They are hatched a four gallon tank. After hatching...they die. They all just fungus and die. Any thoughts or help would sure be appreciated.

DKRST 10-28-2011 10:12 AM

No idea on that one. I'd recommend giving the hatching tank a thorough disinfecting, just in case. I'm assuming you didn't change anything over that time. Temperature change?

That's a puzzler....

buckmanrules 10-28-2011 01:10 PM

After I wrote post I wanted to change it but did not see how I can edit.
I actually have several pairs of Angelfish. The same thing is happening for all. Babes hatch and then within a day or two die before becoming free swimming. I have sanitized, even gone with new air stones. Heaters in the hatching tank are operating. I have tried Meth blue with no success. I have not done massive water changes. I suspect that is my next experiment. Water is hard.

DKRST 10-28-2011 04:15 PM

The water quality could very well be the problem. When raising my angelfish fry, I changed 50% of the water daily for the first few weeks and then tapered off to every other day, then every 3rd day or so. Pristine water can make up for other minor "oops" that occur. Metabolic waste products will build up over time for sure. You could try RO water, but I'd try the significant water change routine first.

It's a pain because it clogs quickly, but I use a siphon with a small square of pantyhose (my wife's :-)) clipped over the intake to avoid siphoning the fry out by accident.

Once upon a time,not long before I originally got into the hobby, aquarists thought that aged water was most beneficial to fish. Now, we have learned that the more fresh the water, the better.

zof 10-28-2011 05:39 PM

Strange Meth Blue should have stopped or at least slowed it, its almost got to be something in the water causing this, if you constant water changes don't work go with some different water. Once they hit the wriggler stage you would think they would be clear from worrying about fungus .... strange indeed.

tiochile 11-11-2011 04:56 PM

I've never heard of someone using meth blue...but it's definitely something in the water. maybe you should check your water parameters as I know the fry are sensitive to water

tiochile 11-11-2011 04:57 PM

sensitive to things in water i meant

gouramiowner1 11-24-2011 10:53 AM

How to save plants?
SOS! My gouramis ate almost all plants which were so lush before in my 20 gallon aquarium. Then I bought plants especially good for gouramis. And those plants ended to be eaten by gouramis or maybe just dug off by my two placs. What plants would survive with my everhungry pets? I tried to plant variouos moss, cryptocoryne and all the plants recommended for gourami aquariums. But ,alas, they all gone. Remained a type of cryptocoryne but it is beloved food for my kissing and blue gouramis. This plant will be eaten soon , I am sure. My gouramis livein the special ground, not usual substrate. I heard that in their motherland China they live in mud so I ordered soil substrate not stony but ground. They like it ,and plants liked that environment too but my placs and gouramis were too cruel to them. How can I save the last plant? It is so delicious for my gouramis (I call them piranas, they are so everhungry as the piranias are).:-?

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